Europe is beginning to show signs of life, as the Bundesliga in Germany has been underway for a couple weeks now. Sweden and Denmark are also playing football, while another major league, La Liga in Spain are back to playing with major clubs already on the pitch. Real Madrid and Barcelona both took care of business, predictably, as heavy favourites.
Barcelona thrashed Mallorca and Real Madrid bounced Eibar by a score of 3-1. Neither match was competitive, while the top clubs in Spain took care of their opponents. Is anyone touching Barcelona and Real Madrid? I would say no. Barcelona and Real Madrid are in a class of their own, with everyone else pretty well playing for a consolation.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were -500 and -450 favourites or thereabout, so neither game was very bettable on the moneyline. Along with the Bundesliga and La Liga back in action, the biggest of all is nearing a return. The Premier League will resume their schedule on Wednesday with two matches. Aston Villa and Sheffield United will meet as the first match of the day, while Manchester City and Arsenal will play right after.
The La Liga and Premier League were deep into their seasons when things were called off. Barcelona leads the La Liga with a record of 19-4-5 and 61 points. Real Madrid are on their heels with a record of 17-8-3 and 59 points. It’s setting up to be an exciting finish in Spain. Upsets happen, though, and we’ll see if another team can steal the championship. Clubs are playing every three days to try to fit everything in. Players are used to a similar format in the World Cup.
In the next tier of clubs, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Getafe, and Atletico Madrid trail. Sevilla is the closest club to real Madrid with a record of 14-8-6 and 50 points. They aren’t scaring Barcelona or Real Madrid off, but they’ve played Real Madrid hard this season and came a goal short of a tie in a couple of matches. Sevilla are coming off a textbook 2-0 win over Real Betis on Thursday, as they were in good form in their first match since March. 10-4-14 Levante will look for the upset in Valencia on Monday. Head below for our free Levante vs. Sevilla pick for June 15, 2020 in the La Liga.
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Levante notched a draw against Granada by a score of 1-1 prior to the shutdown. They returned and did the same against rival Valencia, 1-1. Valencia, Granada, and Levante are all in the same mid-tier of the La Liga. Neither are great, nor terrible, so a draw in those two matches was a surprise to no one in Spain.
Their win of the season was a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in February. What an effort it was to take advantage of a Madrid team that wasn’t prepared. Laventa showed it might have been a fluke right after, though. They were blown out by a bad Eibar club in a blowout, 3-0. Eibar are 7-6-15 on the season, so it was the letdown spot of all letdown spots in the La Liga in 2020.
In 28 matches this season, Levante has scored 1.18 goals per match while allowing 1.46 goals per match. That sounds just about right for them. The defenders will have to be concerned and have a watchful eye on the ever so dangerous Lucas Ocampos. Sevilla winger, Ocampos, is on a hot tear with goals in five straight contests.
The layoff did nothing to hamper his hot foot. With 11 goals on the season, Ocampos is 9 goals behind fellow countryman, Lionel Messi, for the lead in the La Liga. The Sevilla offence has scored the same number of goals per game that Levante has conceded. They have scored 1.46 goals per match and just 1.04 goals conceded.
Heading on the road hasn’t had much of an impact on the Sevilla offence. They’ve notched 1.43 goals per game as a visitor, and allowed an average of 1.14 goals. There hasn’t been a noticeable drop for Sevilla on the road. With no fans to deal with that should be an added benefit for them. Sevila has won four straight matches against Levante by scores of 6-2, 5-0, 1-0, 3-1. That’s an average win margin of 3 goals in favour of Sevilla. In their latest match in January, Sevilla handled Levante for a 3-1 victory. I’m looking at a 2-0 or 2-1 win for Sevilla here.